Two thousand years ago, Japan and Korea began a long-standing history of cultural contact. For the Koreans, this meant an invasion in the 1590s spawning four centuries of bitter contempt for Japanese society. The Japanese, however, were culturally enriched, gathering as spoils of war the traditions of Buddhism, elements of Chinese writing, and most valued of all, the removal of master potters from their Korean captives.
In Japanese Satsuma Pottery, delight in "a tale of two cultures." Follow the Korean potters as they embark on a journey away from their homeland to Naeshirogowa, the Japanese village on the Satsuma peninsula that was to become the heart of Satsuma ceramic production. This monograph includes an informative review of key periods of Satsuma production as well as one man's fourteen-generation lineage of making Satsuma pottery since brought to Japan in 1604.
The first of fourteen titles in the monographic series, Museographs, that focuses on history, art, myth, legend and story. Each issue contains beautiful color reproductions.